Monthly Archive: January 2015

Jan 30

Balancing Your Key Action

Adjusting the springs so that the tension is the same for all keys is a simple and easy way to improve you finger technique. Using your index finger, slowly and gently lower each key, including the side keys and spatula keys. Determine which key has the tension you like, then adjust the springs to the …

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Jan 22

The Problem of Correctness and Artistry

When we first learn music, we figure out how to hold the instrument, how to make a tone, etc. Then, we figure out things like correct notes and rhythms. As our playing develops we correct more specific things like intonation, articulation, vibrato, and harmony, which form basic skills and musicianship. But, at what point do …

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Jan 15

How To Determine “Good” Technique

Technique is a simple question. Do you do what you intend? Yes or no. But, given the number of styles, genres, schools, and models, how can you objectively evaluate your technique? Most sound has four elements – pitch, tone, volume, and duration. You can create technical exercises by changing one of the elements and notice …

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Jan 08

Use Your Imagination

Imagination is the most powerful tool you have to improve your playing. Before you play, imagine the sound you want – the attack, the release, the tone, rhythm, etc. Then simply play that sound. Without reacting or judging, decide what you would change in the sound. Imagine what you want and play again. Keep repeating …

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Jan 02

Realizing How To Play

Music performance is realized and not trained through mindless drilling.  We practice in order to have those “ah ha” moments. After that, things seem much clearer, although it comes and goes for a while. This is our learning process, which is rather complex and nonlinear.  What ever helps us realize what to understand is valid, …

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